Do all good things have to come to an end?

Sidewalk in Jinotega, Nicaragua. (Coco Barrett, June 2020)

All good things must come to an end. This commonly used statement may be true for my recent volunteer experience with Outreach360, but I know that I will remain a part of this organization for many years to come. I’ve seen so much growth and joy from the students for the past month, it really is hard to imagine it’s over already. Not only the amazing students, but I’ve had a lot of opportunity to grow. I found a new teaching methodology for when I become a professor, a deeper appreciation for teachers everywhere, and a better understanding of Nicaraguan culture. I hope that I can learn more about the culture and volunteer in person soon!

In my next post I will talk about how my second class of the day (pictured below) tackled their science projects in my time with them. Discussions were a driving point of virtual class time, and I wanted to ensure that everyone was receiving a great educational opportunity. Brainstorming ideas, I knew that having student presentations would facilitate just that. The picture below was taken just after a student finished their presentation about Nikola Tesla! (If you are unfamiliar with this scientist, please look him up. A true pioneer in the field of engineering.)

One of my classes I taught had very advanced English speakers, and many were interested in STEM careers! (Zoom, June 2020)

“Providing opportunities to form individuals with enhanced grit and determination to pursue their dreams and goals.”

Teaching Philosophy, Roy, June 13th, 2020

While I am feeling sad to have this time end, there will be new ways to get involved virtually with Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Details are being finalized about the final summer internship period (starting July 13th) as well as opportunities for Fall 2020. Even though my time is over with the students, this will not be my final post about this internship because there are so many other things I want to say about this amazing experience. So look to additional posts in the coming weeks for more fun times with Nicaragua! 🙂

Published by Brandon Roy

Graduate Student at Cornell University

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